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ISSUE #5 2012




Contents | Regulars

7 Editors Letter

10 Trend Report


20 Colour Report

First Birthday Issue

Tangerine & Masculine

Concept 2012

Hue Predictions

26 Contributors

28 Shop Eds Picks

30 Shop Fashion


Burning Desire

Golden Girl Gwenyth

32 Real or Replica Caravaggio


40 ATELIER Caroline Swift

81 GET THE LOOK 6th Sense

92 Food My Friends Can Cook


113 Blog Love Style, Street, Home

114 Subscribe

Penchant for Pendants

96 Travel Manhattan Guide

Frank & Mint Linen

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Contents | Features 44 Made in Mosman Sydney, Australia With a love of Belgian design, colour consultant Emily Loxton shows us how she put the Antwerp into her North Shore, Sydney home.

54 Manhattan Master Manhattan, United States Graham Moss has fast become New Yorks latest styling sensation. Here he gives Est an exclusive tour of his new pad down town.

64 Tailored Living MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Redefining bespoke tailoring in Australia, the P. Johnson studio in South Melbourne sets the tone for their understated “cool modern” tailored suits.

70 Sensory Style MANHATTAN, United States Take a look inside Australian photographer Martyn Thompsons’ Manhattan home and studio.

82 Design Darling MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Get to know one of Melbournes up and coming young designers, Nina Provan. Here she invites friends to celebrate her latest collaboration.

Editors Letter

Birthday celebrations have always been tricky for me. It’s just that I have never been big on celebrating them. I do love the confidence and the wisdom that getting older brings, its just that I am not big on the fuss. Its been a year since Est first hit your screens and in so many ways it feels like it was just yesterday that we took our first tentative steps into the world of digital publishing. We are ever in awe of the support that you all share with us and feel incredibly grateful to be in your discerning company. In this, our 5th issue, we are particularly inspired with the shades of inky blue, subtle grey and dashes of teal spotted throughout the magazine. From Martyn Thompson’s Manhattan loft, to the Sydney home of colour consultant Emily Loxton it seems we are blue mood (in the aesthetic sense not the literal). New contributor Melinda Ashton Turner steers us away from blue by showing us what colour accents are hot for 2012, whilst our favourite Dutch contributors, Anouk and Marjon, explain with stunning imagery how to incorporate Pantone’s Tangerine Tango into the home. And if you look closely you might spot someone very dear to me that also shares a milestone birthday with Est this month. And yes, I am pained to say there were no celebrations for him either - but he did get a new suit!

Robyn Lea takes a look inside Australian photographer Martyn Thompsons’ Manhattan home and studio on pg 70

Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief


Editor in Chief Sian MacPherson

Creative Director Lynda Evans

CONTRIBUTORS Editorial Melinda Ashton Turner, AnoukB, Tamsin Johnson, Robyn Lea, Khaseem Warren, Tamie Freier PHOTOGRAPHY Marjon Hoogervorst, Victoria Simson, Georgina Skinner, Toby Scott, Derek Swalwell Grant Turner STYLING Sarah Edgar, Kara Rosenlund Words Meghann Augustus, James Hirst, Chauntelle Roelandts, Yvette Caprioglio CREATIVE Maria Radun SALES & MARKETING Trent Casson, Suzi Christl, Stephen Terry.

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | WORDS & STYLING Kara Rosenlund Caravaggio P2, P1 & P0, Stelton Cylinder Water Jug by Arne Jacobsen and Paul Smith, Noritake tableware by Marc Newson, ‘Carry On’ boards and Stelton Cheese Slicer all from Corporate Culture | Soul Dining Table by Nonn and Smile Chairs by Andreu World from Living Edge | Laguiole Steak Knives at Williams Sonoma | Bormioli Misura Carafe at Kitchenware Direct | Country Road Thomas Tea Towel | Mud Australia Pebble Bowl | Holmegaard Cocoon Glasses by Peter Svarrer | Marlux Pepper Mill at Peters of Kensington | Classic Wall Tiles from Metro Tiles | Calico Bolt from Lincraft | Spacia First Timber Flooring from Andersons


ENQUIRIES Editorial Production Advertising CONNECT


On Trend STYLING AnoukB | PHOTOGRAPHY Marjon Hoogervorst

Taking accents of Tangerine Tango AnoukB shows us how to interpret 2012’s colour of the year into a scheme true to her signature style. Classically restrained and sophisticatedly quirky.






Concept 2012 Get to know AnoukB & Marjon Hoogervorst

Marjon Hoogervorst Loves the colour grey & designer Piet Hein Eek

With an urban sophisticated style, self confessed style addict AnoukB’s favourite part of her job is transforming creative ideas into a tangible concept. As a concept stylist, designer and highly qualified home shopper, Anouk collaborates with friend and photographer Marjon, to connect food fashion, people, interior and design for key brands. Sharing a love for an aesthetic that is both pure and unaffected, they celebrate the imperfections of natural elements in their new Concept 2012 venture. This already successful collaboration sees them visualising brand identity and inspirations based on current trends seen out on the streets. A new web store in the pipeline, designing a home in Amsterdam, and styling for international magazines and clients has Anouk appreciating the simpler things in life for inspiration. The sound of her daughter sleeping and the birdsong in the morning are what she relies upon for energy and creativity in an otherwise hectic life. Describing her style as light, basic and a little raw, Marjon’s work beautifully captures spaces with honesty and clarity of their fundamental form. Working for international design magazines sees Marjon’s time spent between sourcing homes to shoot and people to feature, producing books and shooting for lifestyle brands. However, it is making time to dream that Marjon considers her top priority as without this there is no source for creativity. In Marjon’s home she shows us how she has incorporated the tangerine trend. With a chair packing just the right amount of punch. Oh and by the way, both Anouk and Marjon are committed to the cause of real over replica… in case you were wondering!

AnoukB Loves White and fashion designer Ulrika Lundgren



PredictionS Stylist / Art Director Melinda Ashton Turner | PHOTOGRAPHY Grant Turner

If Tangerine Tango is not your thing then Melinda Ashton Turner - editor of The Colour Field - has some alternative colour inspirations for a fresh new look. Like a pair of shoes that can be worn with several outfits, colour can complement many styles. Think laterally and introduce colour through feature chairs, cushions or artworks. No mater what your budget, you can take your style from indifferent to different with a brush stroke.

Pigeon, Farrow & Ball (UK) Shell Grey, Porters Paints (AU) Sheet Metal, Dutch Boy (US) 44YR 26/756, Dulux Trade (UK) Tamala Red, Haymes (AU) Red Hot, Behr (US) Marine Blue, Little Greene Paint Co (UK) Nordic Sea, Haymes (AU) Night Tide, Pratt & Lambert (US) Bold Orchid Light, Sanderson (UK) Poison Ivy, Wattyl (AU) Jubilee, Dunn-Edwards (US) Garden, Little Greene Paint Co (UK) Highland, Resene (AU) Mistletoe Kiss, Dunn-Edwards (US) Chocolate, Sanderson (UK) Baton, Dulux (AU) Carved Wood, Dunn-Edwards (US)

Stock, Little Greene Paint Co (UK) Block White, Murobond (AU) Swiss Coffee, Dunn-Edwards (US) Flamingo Pink, Fired Earth (UK) Rock Salt, Porters Paints (AU) Peach Fuzz, Dunn-Edwards (US) Indian Ivy 2, Dulux Trade (UK) Peridot, Porters Paints (AU) Mossy Tricket, Dutch Boy (US) Red Stallion 3, Dulux Trade (UK) Red Glow, Haymes (AU) Cranberry, Pratt & Lambert (US) Southbank, Fired Earth (UK) Vivid, Haymes (AU) Aquatic Green, Behr (US) Pantomime, Sanderson (UK) Tartan Blue, Wattyl (AU) Hyper Blue, Sherwin-Williams (US

Solent, Ecolibrium (UK) Madigan, Dulux (AU) Armory, Pratt & Lambert (US) Meadow, Designers Guild (UK) Pale Green, Murobond (AU Rice Paddy, Sherwin-Williams (US) Lavender, Graham & Brown (UK) Pale Lychee, Dulux (AU) Iris Pink, Behr (US) Pontiff, Sanderson (UK) Plum Relic, Taubmans (AU) Ash Violet, Behr (US) Waterbeach, Albany Traditions (UK) Cloud Wisps, Wattyl (AU) Snow Goose, Pratt & Lambert (US)

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Moulin Rouge, Zoffany (UK) Fifi, Wattyl (AU) Begonia, Sherwin-Williams (US) Princess Blue, Sanderson (UK) Pacific, Murobond (AU) Navy Sateen, Dutch Boy (US) Bowling Green, Graham & Brown (UK) Sweet Lime, Porters Paints (AU) Fig, Pratt & Lambert (US) Volcanic Splash 2, Dulux Trade (UK) Crusta, Resene (AU) Gadzooks, Dutch Boy (US) Ginger Glow 5, Dulux Trade (UK) Root Beer, Resene (AU) Sturdy Table, Pratt & Lambert (US) Baked Cherry, Little Greene Paint Co (UK) Moscow, Murobond (AU) Down-to-Earth Red, Dutch Boy (US) Sky Blue, Dulux Heritage (UK) China Silk, Haymes (AU) Watson Lake, Dunn-Edwards (US)






Four contributors share with us what they are coveting right now for the home, tablet and wardrobe.



SARAH Edgar Cook


1. French Laguiole cutlery and kitchen utensils 2. The Jetsetter travel app 3. Acne Clover boots

4. Smythson croc skin iPad case 5. Curtis Jere brass table lamp 6. Equipment Daddy printed silk-chiffon shirt from Net-a-porter


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Kara Rosenlund Stylist


7. Kinfolk Magazine 8. Koppel Chronograph watch by Georg Jensen 9. Smile Chair by Lievore, Altherr & Molina

10. Color Scheme Designer 11. Laretta leather jacket by Day Birger et Mikkelsen 12. Oyuna Cashmere blanket in orange





desire Take inspiration from your surrounds, whether it be the streets of NYC, the desert scape of New Mexico or the shore line of Tamarama. Whatever the season these pieces will transcend.


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1. iPhone Skin by NYC by Chernobyl Bob at Søciety6 2. M&M Sydney Orange Tote Bag 3. Virginia Johnson 5. B&O Beolit 12 Portable Music System 6. Vintage Eames Wire Chair in leather & walnut at Herman Miller





n lightweight merino wool shawl 4. Christopher Morris Tumbleweed Series: New Mexico Plains at Otomys 7. Anthropologie Baignete Verte Swimming Pillow 8. Girls Series 1 HBO 9. Gentle Chair by Front for Porro

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Whether she’s ruling the red carpet in Tom Ford, or whipping up tacos in the kitchen, be inspired by this ubercool multi-tasker with signature monotone palette, allowing texture and tailoring to take the starring role. EDITED BY Khaseem Warren ILLUSTRATION Maria Radun



1. McQ Alexander McQueen Lattice laser cut dress at Matches Fashion 2. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer i Blazer Boy by Band Of Outsiders at Net-A-Porter 5. Tom Ford White Caped Dress from Autumn / Winter Sublimage La CrĂŠme 8. 3.1 Phillip Lim Racer Back Tank at Far Fetch 9. Seven For All Mankind White Super My Theresa 12. KARL Aviator-style acetate sunglasses at Net-A-Porter 13. Muubaa Black Leather Shorts at

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in Antique Copper at Amazon 3. Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau De Parfum Spray at StrawberryNET 4. Wool 2012 Collection 6. Bond No.9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Her Scented Candle 7. Chanel Complete Anti-aging r Skinny Gwenevere Jeans at Style Bop 10. Tiffany & Co Apple charm 11. Balenciaga Suede Ankle Boots at t Far Fetch 14. Jimmy Choo Iris Embellished Leather Sandals at My Theresa.

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Real or Replica PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | WORDS & STYLING Kara Rosenlund

Caravaggio ‘If I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it’ - Cecilie Manz.



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Considered one of the leading designers of her generation, Cecilie Manz lives by the philosophy that function is essential In 2005 Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz designed a series of black and white metal pendant lights. The key objective being to design and create a simple pendant light that could be used in both small and large forms. Made from high-gloss enamel the series pays homage to the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. Inspired by his theatrical and dramatic use of light and shadow, Manz uses her own sense of drama in the functionality of the pendants, whilst capturing the female form. The opening at the top of the shade casts light upwards, illuminating both the suspension and cord, whilst the depth of the shade prevents glare at any height.

Available in five sizes and produced by LightYears, Caravaggio is a unique minimalistic pendant light providing a simple and elegant design. The pendant is now being presented in more finishes, more cable choices and more material options than ever before. These include an all black option with black suspension and cable, matt finishes in White, Grey25 and Grey 45 for a more tactile aesthetic. The recent addition of the opal shade option made from white mouth blown glass provides a diffused and more evocative light source. Various cable colour combinations are available to accompany shade options. Choices include the original red fabric covered cable and now

white, black and grey.

How to spot a fake Caravaggio Shape The real Caravaggio has soft feminine curves that gently flare out towards the base of the shade, providing a sleek and balanced silhouette. The replica’s proportions are rather bell like and lacks elegance. Size The real Caravaggio series is available in five sizes, while the replica sizes are limited. Finish We found a really big difference in the paint finish when comparing the two. The real Caravaggio’s high gloss finish is perfect and consistent. The replica’s is less so. We found chips, paint runs and heavy handed over spray both inside and out. SUSPENSION We were most surprised by the suspension mechanism of the replica. The canopy top of the real Caravaggio is made from durable plastic in either black or white, while the canopy top of the replica we sampled was made from lightweight aluminum. ASSEMBLY Compared to the real Caravaggio which came fully assembled and meticulously packaged, the replica’s suspension mechanism had to be put together. Disapprovingly it was missing three grub screws and an allen key. Colour Visually, the bright red of the textile cable gives the replica away; the real Caravaggio’s cable is a deep red.

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The Caravaggio is the perfect pendant for throwing a spotlight on an inviting, intimate dinner table conversation Caravaggio P2, P1 & P0, Stelton Cylinda Water Jug by Arne Jacobsen and Paul Smith, Noritake tableware by Marc Newson, ‘Carry On’ boards and Stelton Cheese Slicer all from Corporate Culture | Soul Dining Table by Nonn and Smile Chairs by Andreu World from Living Edge | Laguiole Steak Knives at Williams Sonoma | Bormioli Misura Carafe at Kitchenware Direct | Country Road Thomas Tea Towel | Mud Australia Pebble Bowl | Holmegaard Cocoon Glasses by Peter Svarrer | Marlux Pepper Mill at Peters of Kensington | Classic Wall Tiles from Metro Tiles | Calico Bolt from Lincraft | Spacia First Timber Flooring from Andersons



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Use pendant lighting to create visual drama in your living space. Filling the void between ceiling and floor, pendant lights instantly create intimacy and glamour in any setting. EDITED BY Tamsin Johnson


1. Pressed glass light bowl, lens & tube pendants by Tom Dixon 2. PHASMIDA Pendant by Christopher Boots 3. Florian Schulz “Posa� Pendant at Gallery L7 4. Polished Brass Cubist Chandelier by Curtis Jere, Signed at Dual Modern 5. Library Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille.


Caroline Swift Q&A After twenty years designing luxury knitware Caroline Swift is now satisfying her curiosity of the art of ceramics. Her current collection “too good to put in the cupboard� explores the relationship between food and taleware with a delicate artistic balance. BY James Hirst

How did you get into design? I studied Industrial Design, specialising in knitwear design in Scotland. I always knew that this was what I wanted to do as it was a good combination of design and practical skill, directed at something very specific. At that time there was a very vibrant knitwear industry in Scotland but the irony was that I went straight to New York to work and then England and Italy. Name some things that you like? People that have the courage of their convictions to do something that is totally personal to them, be true to themselves and are not swayed by outside influences. I love the process of making. This applies to everything from food to clothes to paper to ceramics. It is in the process of making, constructing and deconstructing that my best ideas come. Simple things, above all. Spring flowers, winter walks in beautiful remote landscapes. Coming home to a roaring fire in the kitchen... perfect! ...and some things that you dislike? Mosquitoes! Cold, very industrial design that has no soul. Where do you seek inspiration? Vintage men’s clothing with refined attention to subtle details, such as internal seams. I like to dig around in flea markets and I love all things made from paper,


metal, glass and wood. My biggest inspiration comes from anything that is old and has a history and preferably from a time where the hand finish and artisan skill were fundamental and valued.

What advice do you have for young aspiring designers? Do what you love. Try and get some work experience before setting up on your own. It takes time to discover your personal handwriting and it is best to do that whilst working and learning your trade. Be patient... very easy to say! What are you working on at the moment? I am trying to take a bit of time to think about my next projects. I am usually so busy making that there is little time to plan and think ahead. I have a lot of ideas but want to take some time to process everything properly. Name some of your favourite designers. My favourite designers have generally always been from the fashion world. I adore Margaret Howell and I recently discovered an interesting German men’s fashion designer called Frank Leder. I also love 45rpm, a Japanese fashion company. All these people are totally authentic. Tell me about your workspace? I love my workspace. It is large and airy with huge tables and it contains all my favourite things from rusty iron-mongery to ceramic experiments to ribbons and buttons. It is full of interesting trinkets and treasures that I have collected over the years. I have my own private space within a collective studio so there are other designers and ceramicists there, which is great as there is always interaction with other people. Name the piece you love most from your My bone-china bowls would collection probably have to be my favourite pieces. They are so simple and made with such care. I love the way each one is different when they come out of the kiln and I like to see them stacked up in our kitchen cupboard. Select pieces of Carolines work can be purchased at www.STORYNORTH.COM



mos man WORDS Chauntelle Roelandts & Yvette Caprioglio PHOTOGRAPHY Georgina Skinner

When Emily Loxton isn’t recreating rooms for clients as a colour consultant, she’s busy renovating her own home and managing a household of five. In an unusual move in Autumn 2007, Loxton relocated her family from a large home in Mosman to a smaller home just around the corner. “The big formal rooms were just never being used,” Emily says. With the city and the Northern beaches close by, flanked by friends and family in the east and north sides of Sydney, Mosman was always where the Loxton’s planned to raise a family. “The house had been neglected but we could immediately see the potential and we started to renovate,” says Loxton.


No room was left untouched. Big changes included splitting the lounge and dining room to create a third bedroom, creating a champagne room used solely for drinks with girlfriends and moving the staircase to make an open-plan family room. Part of the appeal for Loxton was the ‘family feel’. Walking distance to shops and schools and with wide footpaths perfect for prams, the home had everything the family needed with an added bonus of a pool. Loxton reworked the backyard as well, adding a dog kennel and a cubby house painted in the same Belgian grey as the family’s home. “We have great neighbours, the boys play cricket in the lane, do laps in the pool, walk to shops - and it’s safe,” says Loxton. The backyard is also home to one of the property’s most charming features - a glorious jacaranda tree. The distinctive purple bloom is



the inspiration behind Loxton’s annual spring party, which takes place at the beginning of November when the tree is at its best. “The annual girl’s drinks party is themed in purple, with a French provincial feel. The hue is amazing under a canopy of jacaranda flowers,” says Emily. Being a family home, mum and dad are wellaccommodated too. The upstairs former in-laws’ quarters have been revamped into a pimped-out parents’ retreat with a study cum lounge room, oversized walk in wardrobe and French doors that open onto a generous terrace overlooking the pool. Loxton’s home has all the hallmarks of her style, from the extensive interior and exterior work, to the personal touches found throughout. A great example is seen in son Harry’s room, where the chair used as a bedside table is a recycled piece from the first dining setting his parents owned as newlyweds.


In contrast to the home’s recycled pieces is the champagne room’s gorgeous chandelier, which Loxton confessed took a lot of saving and a market stall to pay off. “My husband would have preferred to spend the money on a Vespa, so when girlfriends come over we always toast the chandelier, acknowledging the effort it took to get!” says Loxton. The formal living room features three of daughter Sophie’s favourite treasures; a sweet liberty top designed by Loxton’s girlfriend at Mama Papa, a heart-shaped pendant that was a parting gift from a best friend moving abroad and a Vanessa Bruno handbag bought in France. There’s no doubt Sophie will follow in mum’s stylish footsteps. Loxton’s own inspiration originates from the beautiful floral garden her mother created at their family home in Yass, in regional New South Wales. “I always bring flowers back to Sydney, after a weekend on the farm. I like to have a piece of nature and flowers in every room,” says Loxton.



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Growing up in the small Australian coastal town of Rosebud, Graham Moss began creating miniature houses and arranging furniture for wooden peg people using small squares of coloured carpet his mother had given him. Not surprisingly, he now does the same thing, only on a much grander scale in New York City. The creative consultant for major American brands such as Anthropologie and interior designer to Manhattan’s elite made the move to New York on Christmas Eve 2002. “It was a perfect day and when my cab arrived from JKF it began snowing. I felt a sense of belonging and that I was home,” says Moss. Leaving small-town life behind, he finally felt able to realise his dreams and spread his creative wings. To him, New York still means anything is possible. “There are no limits, you can be the person you are and not only be accepted but also respected and celebrated.”

His own choice of home in Manhattan is a contemporary apartment in the highly sought after ‘Jade’ building in central Chelsea. Designed by Jade Jagger, the apartment is all clean lines, white walls and high-gloss lacquered cabinetry to which Moss has added texture and depth. He loves the area, especially buildings such as the Flatiron. “The monolithic style of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture has so much care and craftsmanship in the construction, so much detail,” says Moss.

His home was designed as an open-plan space flowing around a central cube inside of which the kitchen, bathroom, wardrobes, laundry and storage are found. Known as a Pod, the box can be opened on all sides to reveal the rooms as required, or totally hidden behind a series of concertina folding doors when guests arrive. “The Pod concept is one you either love or hate,” says Graham. “What I loved was that there were no rooms and no walls. What do you need walls for?” Moss spent years renovating historic homes around Harlem, including a former carriage house and a five-story brownstone, before moving into the heart of the city. When he arrived in Harlem he was astounded by the rapidity of the development. “Entire city blocks that were empty fields with a chain link fence when I arrived suddenly morphed into luxury condo buildings with shops and restaurants underneath,” says Moss. He was inspired by the

potential of what he saw in the architecture and despite general perceptions to the contrary, he found the houses opulent and special and just crying out to be nurtured and saved. His enthusiasm for major renovation projects was not diminished even when he was forced to sleep on a makeshift bed for several weeks inside a large wardrobe during a midrenovation cold snap. On completion of the brownstone project he was ready for a new focus, using his energy and expertise to work on projects for his clients. And while his ßber-contemporary Jade apartment needed no obvious renovation, Moss couldn’t resist some reworking and promptly covered several walls in Slate Grasscloth Wallpaper by Jonathan Adler, one of which became the base for his salon-style picture wall with twenty framed art works. He then covered the bedroom with the remaining wallpaper, creating an intimate den-like atmosphere.

While the dominant feel of Moss’s apartment is of a quiet, creative hideaway, the entrance to the fourteen-story apartment building screams ‘party’ with disco balls in the hallway and thousands of dazzling mirror tiles lining the elevator. On the rooftop sits a two-level manicured terrace with cinematic views of the surrounding Manhattan skyline and an exclusivity that rivals Soho House NY. Sun lounges surround another pod, this one housing a central dining room, ‘The Lapis Lounge’, which can be booked by residents for private dinner parties. The glass-walled Pod and dining table and chairs were both custom-designed by Jade Jagger for Yoo Furniture. When Graham’s dinner guests outnumber the four or six he can comfortably seat in his compact apartment, he books the dining room and entertains on the rooftop instead. He is as sought-after in New York for his risotto with leek

and porcini and his gracious social manner as he is for his creative flair. His love of entertaining was reaffirmed when the first change he made to the apartment after moving in was to design an island bench in his kitchen made from Italian Calacatta Gold marble, with stools for his friends to perch and chat while dinner is being prepared. Moss’s visual style bridges the classical and the quirky. He mixes junk shop treasures and designer furniture with élan, kitsch British Empire memorabilia with refined crystal vessels and self-made creations from scrap sticks and branches alongside his impressive collection of Fornasetti plates. “There is always a little bit of humour in what I do,” says Moss with a smile. “And a lot of fun.”




WORDS Yvette Caprioglio & Meghann Augustus PHOTOGRAPHY Georgina Skinner

P. Johnson Tailors have redefined bespoke tailoring in Australia to create an everyday fashion staple for men, whatever their age. After originally studying wine making, Patrick Johnson realised his heart lay elsewhere, heading to London to study fashion design at St Martin’s College and then honing his craft on Jermyn Street. Patrick returned to Australia to open his first studio in Sydney three years ago followed by a second studio in Melbourne more recently. Considering the Australian man’s regard to suits as a lot more relaxed and healthier than in London Patrick has found his niché on Australias east coast. “When I was in London clients would always want a three-piece suit, I would have to refer to all the clients by their surname, but here, Australian guys are generally quite honest, there is no pretence about them so it helps me to get to know them very quickly,” Patrick says.


“The real secret to the perfect suit is for it to work well with the customer’s lifestyle and personality, something they can live in and feel comfortable in,” says Patrick. The same motto goes for the P. Johnson studios, says Tamsin Johnson, Patrick’s interior designer wife. “We wanted something welcoming, not intimidating. Something that would allow anyone to easily settle in and have a chat. A lot of people think of tailoring and immediately think of this old-world England style, but we didn’t want that because that’s not what Australia or the brand is about,” Tamsin says. The South Melbourne studio, a former corner shop, is both inviting and sophisticated with a fresh edge; very modern Australian. Upstairs lives Tom, a former wine making friend of Patrick’s and the studio’s manager. His stamp on the space is seen in his photographic works that hang in the fitting rooms and his effortlessly elegant companion Frank, a blue Staffordshire terrier.


The striking studio has old French parquetry floorboards where a zebra skin takes centre stage. White walls enhance the space’s great natural lighting - an important element when looking at fabric and cloths all day. A collection of favourite design and fabric sample books sit stacked on a table with a red rooster proudly sitting atop them, keeping watch. The bright slashes of colour found in the studio’s artwork and the cushions that dot the linen covered armchairs and sofas add a punch to the otherwise subtle colour palette of greys and whites. “What I love about the studio is the balance and combination of everything over time and how they all fit together to create this amazing space,” says Tamsin. It’s hard not to agree. The studio is very of the moment, yet manages an intangible blend of old and new. The same can be said of P. Johnson suits, where an old-school craft meets a newschool aesthetic.



STYLE BY Robyn Lea

Martyn Thompson lives and works in a classic New York loft on one of Soho’s hippest streets. It is the sort of space you would imagine a high-profile photographer would inhabit, with high ceilings, industrial-like spaces and natural light cascading through vast windows. But that is where the clichÊ ends.


Martyn is far from stereotypical. In fact, he is more like a forestdwelling leprechaun: mischievous and magical, with a penchant for the colour green and a strong connection with nature. Mid-point in his high-profile career he realized that many of his fondest memories were from the late seventies when he embraced grassroots creativity. He promptly decided to swap an unenviable list of bad habits, with the habit of making things by hand. On my first visit to his studio, Martyn was swathed in hand-painted clothes that he had sewn himself. “Making clothes is my idea of meditating,� says Thompson. Many of his creations including pillow covers, clothes and props are featured in international exhibitions and in campaigns for clients such as Tiffany & Co. and Gucci.


His latest project, ‘Interiors’, is a coffee-table book showcasing images taken in the homes of notable people. The images seamlessly draw us in to the their subjects’ worlds, whether it’s a late night dinner with Elsa Peretti in her Catalan villa, or a walk through the home of Anna Sui. Martyn’s love of colour embraces both the almost monochromatic interiors of Vincent Van Duysen and the deep red he found in the home of Johansson D’Agostin. Even at Martyn’s dinner table, ingredients are chosen with their hue in mind, ‘He never mixes red and green in his salads’ writes Ilse Crawford in the book’s foreword. Martyn’s Beaux-Arts style studio is housed in the ‘The Little Singer’ building, designed in 1902 by Ernest Flagg. It is a landmark early skyscraper of historic significance with a façade that combines wrought-iron tracery detailing with terracotta brick. His space is divided in two. Studio, kitchen and entertaining areas encompass the public


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areas and beyond a dividing wall are the private bedroom, sitting area and bathroom. There’s an eclectic feeling, with collected treasures from each of the cities he has lived in – Sydney, Paris, London and New York. There are overlapping floor rugs in variations of green and layers of bed linen in shades of grey and Gustavian blue. His sitting area features a Gio Ponti sofa and matching armchairs with other favourite pieces from Todd Merrill, Paula Rubenstein Limited and John Derian.

Equally at home in the centre of one of the world’s most densely populated cities as he is in gatherings with friends in the middle of a forest, Martyn is a rare breed as an artist, creating images and environments that are an honest expression of his unique view of the world.





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BY Tamie Freier

Layer your bed with crumpled linens in three different shades of colour and add warmth and texture with fur throws and reindeer skins - and we promise you’ll never want to leave. 5





1. White painted timber stool by Greg Hatton 2. Ana Pollak ‘Oyster Stitch’ graphite on paper at Sara Roney Gallery 3. Bits & Bitting: Fulmer Snaffle by Susan Knight at Otomys 4. Silver plated pot from Tine K Home 5. Jielde Loft Collection Metal Floor Lamp at Euroluce 6. Frank & Mint Linen Bed Sheets 7. Reindeer Skin at Great Dane Furniture 8. Tine K Home coloured candle glassware. 9. Delores Blanket with Pom Poms at Country Road


designDarling Nina Provan’s career in design was arguably a foregone conclusion at birth. Sharing her parents passion for great design above all else, Nina’s role as Interior Designer at Neometro has her overseeing some of Melbourne’s finest residential projects. Est takes a look behind the scenes of her latest work. PRODUCTION Sian MacPherson | PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott & Derek Swalwell






Working with renowned interior designer Kerry Phelan, this recently completed development in South Yarra is a stunning example of a beautifully executed collaboration. Whilst Nina admits her style at home is quite different to the style she hones at work, the South Yarra home demonstrates a successful fusion of a European style aesthetic with Australian style living.


Partial to the eclectic such as Japanese antiques inherited from her mother, retro colourful pieces mixed with Turkish rugs and Danish design, Nina pares her design style back at work in order to create a space that is uniquely the client’s own style. “You need good bones to make it work successfully and particularly for interior design a strong layout is imperative for the final outcome.” says Nina Using a palette of warm greys and chalky whites for walls, honey toned timbers for cabinetry with contrasting white marble, exposed concrete ceilings and solid oak timber flooring, the four




level home is distinctly European in feel. The living area on the third floor opens to the outdoor terrace complete with aqua blue mosaic tiled plunge pool - the perfect place for both entertaining and reading the morning paper.


Fundamental to Nina’s sense of good interior design is her belief that design as a concept is constantly evolving. That said however, she does not play slave to trends and what is ‘in’. Flexibility is the key in achieving the right balance between what is current and on trend whilst maintaining a timeless look. A fan of Benjamin Hubert’s work, in particular his concrete lights, design doyenne Patricia Urquiola for her strongly individual and unique style, and good friend Nick Rennie from Happy Finish Design, however it is her friends that Nina takes inspiration from the most. A mix of photographers, industrial designers, fashion designers, furniture makers and exhibition designers there is never any shortage of design






based conversation. “Often when we are out at a bar or restaurant our main point of conversation is about the interior light fittings, how the tables are constructed or the tiles in the bathroom” she laughs.


When shopping in Melbourne, Nina can be lost for hours at Izzi and Popo in South Melbourne. Fortunately for her, the store is only 50metres down the road from her home. Store owner Bernadette has a well collected and well curated range of vintage furniture and accessories sourced during her many buying trips to France which manage to find their way to Nina’s home. Hub Furniture is the go to place for Nina for contemporary furniture and accessories for both work and home. Whether Nina’s passion for design is a consequence of nature over nurture, its fair to say that she has found her calling. Transferring what comes naturally and working in the field that you love is the ultimate combination for a successful career.



Brunch on Darling St with Nina & friends The best part about your job? The best part about my job is that every day is different! Some days I’m in the office with phone and email at hand while other days I’m on the road and out sourcing furniture and linen. Collaborating with architects and interior designers, work-shopping ideas and details is definitely a fun part of the job where I get to creatively contribute. You have to be able to wear a few hats at once and it also means you deal with various consultants and trades people everyday who are specialists in their area. You start building up your knowledge of each area and you become a bit of generalist. Real or Replica?


I would generally say no to replica but at the same time I try not to judge people who go that way if cost is of concern! It’s just unfortunate that the option of a replica is so accessible. The Hans Wegner Wishbone chair is a treasured favourite of mine and I’d personally prefer to save up for the real thing to have around my dining table then give into temptation of a replica, even if it does take me a few years! I think it’s more about supporting the designers than anything. I’m also a big believer in “you get what you pay for”!

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CAN COOK Sarah Edgar is committed to the cause of encouraging her non-foodie friends and family to get into the kitchen. “My Friends Can Cook’ is an easy to follow weekly email with recipe inspiration for healthy and delicious meals that answer the inevitable question of “what’s for dinner?”. PHOTOGRAPHY Victoria Simson | PROPS Turner & Lane WORDS & STYLING Sarah Edgar

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Pork and apple go hand-in-hand and these polpette (meatballs) with sugo are the perfect combination. Served with some crusty sourdough, fresh tagliatelle pasta, or on a bed of creamy polenta these will soon become a firm family favourite.

Pork & Apple Polpette 500 grams of organic pork mince 1 slice of wholemeal bread 
 ¼ cup of milk 1 apple, any variety 
 1 spanish onion 
 1 bunch of thyme and basil 1 tbsp of honey 
 ½ cup of finely grated parmesan 
 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 garlic cloves, crushed 
 2 cans of organic crushed tomatoes
 1 tbsp brown sugar 

 In a large bowl, roughly tear bread into crumbs, cover with milk and soak for a few minutes. Peel and grate the apple and red onion and add to the bread mix. Add the egg, one crushed garlic clove, pork mince, 6 sprigs of thyme (leaves only), a handful of finely sliced basil, parmesan and honey to the mixture, and combine well. Shape into tablespoon size balls, lay on a baking paper covered tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Oil up a large frying pan over a medium heat and cook the balls for 3 minutes on each side until brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the second crushed garlic clove to the pan with a splash of olive oil, cook for 1 minute, and then add the additional 6 sprigs of thyme (leaves only), canned tomatoes and sugar. Combine and cook for 5 min before placing the back in the pan to simmer in the sauce for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cooked through.

ROCKET SALAD Rocket salad, trimmed, washed and dried 4 figs, or peaches if unavailable 1 handful of basil leaves, roughly torn 
 1 large mozzarella ball ½ lemon, juice only Olive oil Add a splash of olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper to the rocket leaves and combine well. Top with the sliced figs, roughly torn basil leaves and fresh mozzarella.


MANHATTAN guide BY Robyn Lea

Moving to New York from Melbourne with her young family just over a year ago, Est photographer and writer, Robyn Lea, has wasted no time in making her mark on Manhattan. Scouring the city for the best coffee, bars and galleries, Robyn has taken the big apple with both hands and devoured all that the city has to offer. Securing tables at the best restaurants and membership to the city’s most exclusive (and reclusive) clubs, in true Australian style Robyn has divined the wheat from the chaff and shares with us the best the city has to offer.

PHOTO Š Robyn Lea

View from Times Square building

The Mondrian, Hotel



The Ace Hotel Attracts the sneaker wearing, Macbook Pro toting, creative crowd.

Crosby STREET Hotel With 86 bedrooms and suites, contemporary art in every corner, interior design by Kit Kemp and a rooftop garden that services the Chefs kitchen, this is one of the of the best places to stay in Manhattan. Mondrian SOHO Benjamin Noriega Ortiz’s design for The Mondrian was inspired by the magic and fantasy of Jean Cocteau’s film “La Belle et la Bête” and delightful references are evident throughout the hotel.

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The Mondrian, Hotel entrance arbor

ROSE BAR AND JADE BAR Designed by Ian Schrager with artist, musician and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, these two bars are both set inside the Gramercy Park Hotel. The bars both have an haute bohemian, artistic feel suggestive of another time, with a cocktail menu to match.

The Gramercy Park Hotel, Rose Bar

Soho House Games Room

BARS Soho House Part of the private members club, the bar and drawing room at Soho House is found on the sixth floor of the building in the Meatpacking district. The bar can only be accessed if you are a member, if you are the guest of a member or if you are staying at the Soho House hotel in the same building.


THE BRESLIN BAR & DINING ROOM Not many burger joints have a Michelin star. Staying at the Ace Hotel is the only way to secure a booking with an otherwise ‘first-come-first-serve’ policy in this luxe Scottish looking pub style restaurant. THE Campbell Apartment Tucked into the side of Grand Central Station, the space is characterized by grand 7.6 metre ceilings and architectural details reminiscent of a 13th century Italian palace. A handsome cocktail lounge best enjoyed mid-afternoon before corporate rush hour dominates the atmosphere.

PHOTO C/- Soho House PHOTO C/- Soho House

Soho House Hotel

New York View

The Lion

RESTAURANTS THE LION Tucked away down a residential street, The Lion offers Italian-American cuisine by John DeLucie, which is served by some of the most charming waiting staff in the city. The back room feels like a private salon, dripping with artworks and atmosphere.

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GILT A two Michelin star restaurant where 19th century architecture meet 21st century design accents and culinary ideas. Choose from three, five or seven course menus. MORIMOTO Architect Tadao Ando created the all white Morimoto interior to both sooth and awaken the senses, and Chef Masharu Morimoto’s Japanese fusion menu inspires the palette.

PHOTO C/- Soho House PHOTO C/- The Lion

Soho House, Restaurant

DE VERA Federico de Vera’s Crosby Street store is a wonderland of glass cabinets displaying precious antique and vintage finds as well as one-off jewellery pieces he has designed. Serious collectors can choose from Venetian glass objet and 18th and 19th century icons and figurines.

De Vera, Antique pocket watch cases with silver insects glass butterfly by Bruno Amadi

PHOTO C/- John Derian

John Derain, French Wallpaper


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TODD HASE FURNITURE Todd Hase is one of the few American furniture designers still working with local craftsmen. Individually handmade pieces combine a handsome American aesthetic with French undertones, and are as likely to be found on offer at a Sotheby’s auction as they are in one of Madonna’s homes. John Derian Company When designer John Derian turned his hand to découpage he infused it with just enough modernity to appeal to a new market of collectors and decorators. His two stores stock his designs alongside papiermâché dolls by Julie Arkell, woodblock prints and bags by Hugo Guinness and a host of other artisanal treasures.

PHOTO C/- John Derian

Street Scene, Crosby Street

PHOTO © Robyn Lea

John Derain, Swallow


‘Geometrie Elementaire’ 2010 by Lionel Pratt



GAGOSIAN GALLERY There are three Gagosian Galleries in New York but my favourite is in the Chelsea art district. Representing artists such as Richard Serra and Picasso, and a current show of the work of German artist Georg Baselitz, this gallery leads the private galleries in Manhattan for curatorship and clout. MURIEL GUEPIN GALLERY This private gallery in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights represents an exceptional collection of emerging artists, many of them locals. This is the place to commence and build your art collection.

IMAGE C/- Muriel Guepin Gallery

Andy Warhol Statue, Union Square

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MOMA An important part of the contemporary cultural landscape of the city with a compelling list of shows and programs.

Grand Central Terminal

Crosby Street, Wall

COFFEE JOE When I arrive at Grand Central Station on the 7.10am train with my husband, we head straight to Joe’s for a take-away caffè latte for our fix before we start our day in the city.

PHOTO © Robyn Lea

Stumptown COFFEE ROASTERS Watching the baristas work at Stumptown fills me with excitement. Their ultra-serious rituals and measured dance behind the bar is a performance as good as their coffee. NINTH STREET ESPRESSO Coffee culture for serious connoisseurs, conveniently positioned about half way through the Chelsea market to assist shoppers in their quest to make it through to the other side with a spring in their step.

PHOTO © Robyn Lea PHOTO © Robyn Lea

Street Scene, Crosby Street

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